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Term 1 Week 5

Learning objectives week 5:

  • understand levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio).
  • understand the distribution of variables (histograms, cumulative distribution functions, stem and leaf plots).
  • Explore how to describe distributions (kurtosis, etc.)
  • learn how to obtain basic descriptive statistics, using Stata

Lecture (Levels of Measurement and Distributions):

  • Homework week 5:
    • Read at least one of the items from the list below.
  • Required reading week 5:
    • Coolidge, Frederick L. 2012. Statistics: A Gentle Introduction. Sage. Chapter 2
    • Lomax, Richard G. and Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn. 2012. An Introduction to Statistical Concepts, 3rd edition. Routledge. Sections 1.5., 2.1.-2.2., and chapter 4

Seminar (Stata Session: Our University):

  • Homework week 5:
    • Ensure you have transferred all the data generated in week 3 into your data set (see week 4)
    • Read the required literature, see below.
  • Required reading week 5:
    • Acock, Alan C. 2014. A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Fourth Edition, Stata Press. Chapter 5.


Recommended reading for week 5:

  • Hamilton, Lawrence. 2008. Statistics with Stata - International Edition. Stata Press